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  • Legend of Makybe Diva Grows

    A legend grew at Flemington March 12 as Makybe Diva soared to new heights in winning the Australian Cup (Aust-I). The two-time Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) heroine, at the same oval, expanded her empire beyond handicaps, and with a panache any Diva would kill for.

  • Indian Charlie Colt Fastest of Barretts Juvenile Workouts

    A son of Indian Charlie with a long, ground-gobbling stride was among the standouts Sunday at Fairplex Park during the second and final under tack show for the Barretts March select sale of 2-year-olds in training. The bay colt worked the fastest eighth of a mile, covering the distance in :10.0.

  • Sweet Catomine the 3-1 Pick in Oaks Pool 2

    Champion filly Sweet Catomine emerged as a solid favorite in Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' 2005 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, but there was also strong support for the rapidly improving Summerly as wagering in the four-day pool concluded on Sunday evening.

  • Added Edge grabs Razorback at the wire.

    Sharp 'Edge' Sweeps to Razorback Win

    With a wide move on the far turn, jockey Luis Quinonez and Added Edge closed stoutly to just get up for a neck victory over 23-1 shot Mauk Four in the $125,000 Razorback Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) Sunday at Oaklawn Park.

  • Trainer Mullins Has His Say On TVG

    Trainer Jeff Mullins, embroiled in controversy over comments attributed to him that appeared in the Los Angeles <i>Times</i> March 6, went on national television Saturday to apologize to the racing public.

  • Rockport Harbor confirmed for next week&#39;s Rebel Stakes.

    Rockport Harbor Improving as Rebel Nears

    Just when it looked as if Rockport Harbor's luck had run out and he'd be unable to make the March 19 Rebel Stakes (gr. III), trainer John Servis, while still cautious, said the foot looked much better Sunday.

  • Langfuhr Filly Tops OBS 'Under Tack' Session

    A filly by Langfuhr consigned by Crupi's New Castle Farm zipped an eighth in :10 1/5 to post the fastest workout at the distance at the second session of the "Under Tack Preview" for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2005 March Sale of Selected 2-Year-Olds in Training.

  • High Limit, with Ramon Dominguez aboard, wins the Louisiana Derby.

    High Limit Raises Bar in Louisiana Derby

    High Limit became the first gate to wire winner of the $600,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) in 15 years when he rolled to an easy victory in his initial start for trainer Bobby Frankel Saturday at Fair Grounds.

  • Uncle Denny throws his hat into the Derby ring with El Camino win.

    Baze Finds Favorite Uncle in El Camino Real

    Stan E. Fulton's favored Uncle Denny surged to the front on the home turn and won drawing off for jockey Russell Baze, capturing Saturday's $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Bay Meadows.

  • Injustice prevails in Azeri &#39;Cup.

    Injustice Doesn't Stop in Azeri BC 'Cap

    Injustice, bought privately last month for a reported $165,000 by Darrell and Evelyn Yates and turned over to Chicago-based trainer Wayne Catalano, paid an immediate dividend by winning the $175,000 Azeri Breeders' Cup (gr. III) gate to wire before a sun-baked crowd of 22,087 Saturday at Oaklawn Park.

  • Tarlow, front, battles down the stretch with Dream of Summer to win the Santa Margarita Handicap.

    Thief Tarlow Steals Santa Margarita By a Nose

    The pacesetting Tarlow, ridden to a frantic finish by Patrick Valenzuela, reached the wire a nose in front of Dream of Summer to win the $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Saturday.

  • Warning Zone Wins Marie Krantz in U.S. Debut

    Warning Zone, a group II stakes winner in her native South Africa, made her North American debut a winning one with a one-length tally in the $100,000 Marie G. Krantz Memorial Handicap Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course.

  • Sir Shackleton, with Javier Castellano riding, pulls away to win the Richter Scale Breeders&#39; Cup Sprint Championship at Gulfstream Park.

    Sir Shackleton Shakes Clear in Richter Scale

    Tracy Farmer's homebred Sir Shackleton wore down the surprise pacesetter Clock Stopper in the final sixteenth of a mile after a long drive and drew clear to win the $200,000 Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) in track record time at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

  • Badge of Silver continues winning ways with victory in the New Orleans Handicap.

    Frankel Flashes 'Badge' for Rich FG Double

    Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey's odds-on favorite Badge of Silver returned to his favorite track, Fair Grounds, to register a resurgent victory in the $500,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) Saturday.

  • Summerly, center, with Jerry Bailey aboard, runs to victory in the Fair Grounds Oaks, Saturday at the Fair Grounds.

    Summerly Stays Hot in Fair Grounds Oaks

    Odds-on choice Summerly opened up a daylight lead heading into the first turn and romped to victory in the $300,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) Saturday, spoiling the return to action this year of Runway Model.

  • Rockport Harbor, with trainer John Servis, in the barn at Oaklawn.

    Rockport Harbor Suffers Another Setback; May Miss Rebel

    Rockport Harbor's rocky road to Louisville continued Saturday when trainer John Servis announced that the undefeated colt has re-aggravated the foot bruise he suffered on Feb. 20. Although he still is on schedule for the March 19 Rebel Stakes (gr. III), Servis won't know for sure until Sunday morning.

  • Primary Suspect, ridden by Pablo Fragoso, wins the Toboggan Stakes.

    Primary Suspect Skates to Toboggan Triumph

    Jockey Pablo Fragoso, under instructions from trainer Mark Hennig to stay close to 4-5 favorite Shake You Down, guided Primary Suspect to victory in the 112th running of the $107,100 Toboggan Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Saturday.

  • Trainer Howard Fined for Procaine Positive

    Trainer Neil Howard was fined $1,000 and his Alumni Hall was disqualified from a third-place finish in the Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) after the horse tested positive for the prohibited drug procaine, Fair Grounds stewards ruled March 10.

  • Afleet Alex shares mid-point Derby Pool lead with Lost in the Fog.

    Afleet Alex, Lost In The Fog Lead Derby Pool

    Cash Is King Stable's Afleet Alex and Harry Aleo's unbeaten Lost In The Fog emerged as the favorites at the midway point of Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager following the defection of the injured Declan's Moon.

  • Haskin Analyzes the Odds in Derby Future Wager Pool 2

    With wagering beginning today on the second of three pools in the 2005 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, Steve Haskin, senior correspondent for <i>The Blood-Horse</i>, analyzes the 23 individual horses and mutuel field and their respective morning-line odds.

  • Oaks Future Pool Mostly Ignored at Midpoint

    Only $9,021 had been wagered through the midway point of the second 2005 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager pool, with Sweet Catomine, winner of an Eclipse Award as the 2-year-old filly champion of 2004, emerging as the solid favorite.

  • TVG to Air Interview With Trainer Jeff Mullins

    TVG will present an interview with Southern California-based trainer Jeff Mullins, who became embroiled in controversy resulting from a column written by T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles <i>Times</i> that appeared March 6.

  • Tyler Baze Hangs Win Number 1,000

    Tyler Baze, a 22-year-old Seattle native, rode the 1,000th winner of his career Friday, guiding Mashiko to a five-length victory in the fifth race at Santa Anita Park.

  • Purge returns to Oaklawn.

    Purge Can End Bad Streak in Razorback

    The Todd Pletcher-trained Purge makes his first start at Oaklawn Park since his fifth-place finish in last spring's Arkansas Derby (gr. II) when he faces nine rivals in the $125,000 Razorback Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) Sunday.

  • TVG to Air Interview With Trainer Jeff Mullins

    TVG will present an interview with Southern California-based trainer Jeff Mullins, who became embroiled in controversy resulting from a column written by T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles <i>Times</i> that appeared March 6.

  • River Belle Looks to Cruise in Honey Fox

    River Belle ended 2004 on a high note by winning the hard fought Ms. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT). Now the 4-year-old filly is looking to start her 2005 campaign with the same winning magic in Sunday's $100,000 Honey Fox Handicap (gr. IIIT), going 1 1/16 miles over the turf course at Gulfstream Park.

  • Changes, New Stakes Day Highlight 2005 Ellis Park Schedule

    A few new changes will highlight the 2005 Ellis Park meeting, which begins July 13 and concludes with a special Labor Day program Sept. 5. The track will feature ten events with $850,000 in total purses and add a special day of racing with four stakes races highlighted by the 24th running of the track's signature event, the $150,000-added Gardenia Handicap (gr. III).

  • Better Catalogue Could Boost Top of Market at Barretts

    With a better catalogue of offerings, there could be fireworks at the top of the market for the Barretts select sale of 2-year-olds in training on Tuesday at Fairplex Park in Southern California. "We have a better catalogue this year in terms of pedigree and physicals," Barretts president Jerry McMahon said.

  • More Than Ready's Dam, Woodman's Girl, Dies

    Woodman's Girl, dam of millionaire and successful young sire More Than Ready, was euthanized Feb. 21 because of colic after giving birth that day by cesarean section to a Mineshaft filly.

  • Declan&#39;s Moon injured his left knee in his Santa Catalina victory.

    Injury Derails Declan's Moon's Derby Quest

    Declan's Moon, champion 2-year-old and early favorite for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), has been taken off the Derby trail after X-rays disclosed a small chip fracture in his left knee, trainer Ron Ellis said Friday morning.

  • Corey Johnsen Elected President of TRA

    Corey S. Johnsen, president of Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie and Remington Park, was elected the 32nd president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) at its annual board of directors' meeting Thursday at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, Calif.

  • Uncle Denny, Stellar Magic in El Camino Clash

    California Breeders' Championship Stakes winner Uncle Denny is the morning line choice in a contentious field of ten 3-year-olds included for the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Bay Meadows Saturday.

  • Frankel Guns for First Santa Margarita Win

    Bobby Frankel, who has won nearly every major stakes race during a Hall of Fame career of nearly 40 years, seeks to add the Santa Margarita Handicap (gr. I) to his impressive resume, sending out Personal Legend and Sweet Lips in Saturday's $300,000 race.